It’s been a while since the website has been updated

Here’s some awesome press that’s come out about the film since we last posted!

http://move.themaneater.com/stories/2012/11/29/singh-speaks-out-against-standardized-testing-docu/

http://move.themaneater.com/stories/2012/11/29/singh-speaks-out-against-standardized-testing-docu/

http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/listen-18yr-old-films-standardized-testing-documentary/

http://www.good.is/posts/what-do-students-think-about-standardized-testing-a-college-freshman-plans-to-find-out

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WE DID IT!! $2000 pledged with another 5 days to go!

A couple hours ago somebody made a fairly large donation thus fulfilling our Kickstarter goal of 2000 dollars 5 days early!!

This is super exciting and I just want to thank all of you who contributed as well as those who have been relentlessly tweeting and facebooking (?) about it. You all are super awesome and any progress that this film has made or will make would not be possible without your help and support.

We will still be accepting donations for the next 5 days and any extra money that is made will go towards additional travel expenses. If the travel expenses turn out to not use up all of the donations the rest of the money will go towards paying for film festival fees.

Once again, thank you all so much for your support and encouragement for the film this wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Thanks for the millionth time,                                                                                                                                                                                              Ankur

Listen – Kickstarter Campaign

Everyone we just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the film and if you could check it out and help tell your friends about it that would be wonderful.

For those of you unfamiliar with the service, “Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.”

Kickstarter has been a great way for independent artists to collect donations from people to help fund their projects. And Backers can receive some awesome rewards depending on how much you donate. The more you donate the more stuff you get!

The way it works is funding is all or nothing. So, if we don’t reach our $2000 goal by December 14th at 5:36pm CST we will not receive any of your donations, and that would be a pity.

So, if you could help out in anyway you can by either donating or spreading the word that would be much appreciated! And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you!

Yo George Lucas, if you’re out there, I have a proposal for you!

Yo, George Lucas,

‘Sup. I love you. You are an incredibly inspirational man to all filmmakers out there. Whenever I’m feeling down and depressed about how crappy my films are going I always watch the behind the scenes features on Star Wars to pump me up. “If George Lucas can overcome all those obstacles I can too!” 

I have a proposition for you. You’re a filmmaker. I’m a filmmaker (kind of). You just sold your company to Disney for four billion dollars and are donating much of that money to your education foundation. That’s cool. Except now it’s kind of like Gates vs. Lucas, who can flood more money into our educational system? In the mean time us little people are shut in a closet. Well, anyways the point I’m trying to make is that….I’m interested in education too. We’re basically the same person. Except you’re much more creative, successful, and richer than me, and you’ve got me beat in the facial hair department, but so does a 12 year old so it’s really not much to boast about.

You know where I’m going with this. I’m making a documentary. It’s about education. Doesn’t that interest you? Doesn’t that make you want to hear more about it? Doesn’t that make you wanna…I dunno…distribute it?

On Edutopia you write, “Project-based learning, student teams working cooperatively, children connecting with passionate experts, and broader forms of assessment can dramatically improve student learning…. By shining the spotlight on these inspiring teachers and students, we hope others will consider how their work can promote change in their own schools.”

Did I mention that I’m a student?

This film is a little project of mine, and I am working with other students to make it, AND I have been connecting with experts. HEY GEORGE SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT ON ME! DISTRIBUTE THIS MOVIE. Please? The film is gonna be full of students doing amazing things. It’s full of them. It’s also full of students who have had not so amazing things happen to them, mostly testing. It’s quite unfortunate really and needs to be changed. George, you could be the guy to change it! So what do you say, will you listen to the students? Our voices have been put on mute. We’re like Han Solo frozen in carbonite. And you could be the Princess Leia that sets us free! Will you distribute this film?

At the very least could you give me Natalie Portman’s phone number?

No? Okay, but you’re missing out on a fine opportunity. Darn. Now what? Hey….Matt Damon….are you out there?

Wait, No! We don’t need celebrities to melt us out of our frozen situation. We can do it ourselves! Yeah! I love this enthusiasm!!!!!!!!

Note: I’m only really writing this blog just so people won’t think the film is dead. It’s not. There just hasn’t been much to write about.

Thank you!

Hey everyone!

When I woke up Friday morning to an Inbox full of unread emails I knew something incredible has happened. Ever since the blog was published in The Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/09/one-teens-standardized-testing-horror-story-and-where-it-will-lead/) the film has been getting more attention than ever! We have been getting emails from all over the world and reading them have been awesome! You all are amazing and hearing about the work many of you have done to make a difference in our education system has been so inspiring.
 
I just wanted to thank you all for the wonderful support you’ve given and I’m really excited to see the film go forward! Right now I’m busy contacting many of you as I search for possible subjects to film for the documentary. The timeline is looking like this so far: film January-May of 2013, edit during the summer and fall, with a hopeful release in the winter of 2013/2014. 
 
Until then, if you want to keep updated with the film’s progress make sure to:
Follow us on Twitter @Listenthefilm
and follow the blog at www.listenthefilm.wordpress.com
 
And please spread the word to your friends!!
 
Thanks again,
Ankur